The moon rises in its own sign of sidereal Cancer for the new lunar cycle. It falls under Pushya nakshatra, which encourages activities that are grounding and nourishing.
Cancer is connected to the mother, or mothering. The archetype is someone who is tender and nurturing, sometimes stern when necessary. A mother’s intention is help the child grow into its potential. The collective will be steeped in thoughts and emotions about taking care of itself as it matures.
Externally, the cycle is related to what and where we call home. The crab is the symbol for Cancer. It has a shell that protects the soft inside from danger. Do we need to change our ideas about home? Are we safe in our current home? We can also use the analogy of home to determine whether or not relationships feel like home.
Cancer rules the third eye chakra. Dreams, visions, and seeing the big picture could be enhanced during the new moon. Creating vision boards, daydreaming, and visualizing steps towards a desired goal can be helpful at this time.
On an individual level, check below for the house related to the sidereal ascendant (physical/material world) and the moon (thoughts and emotions).
|Ascendant/ Rising Sign||House||Aspect|
|Aries||4||Real estate, home, emotional anchor (place), nurturing, private life, mother|
|Taurus||3||Communication, listening, learning, working with the hands, siblings, neighbors, cousins|
|Gemini||2||Money, possessions, self-worth, food, personal pleasures|
|Cancer||1||Identity, self, ego, physical body, how perceived by others, paternal grandparents|
|Leo||12||Personal retreat, seclusion/isolation, jail/prison, dreams, imagination, foreign travel, paternal aunts and uncles|
|Virgo||11||Social groups, friends, allies, charitable organizations|
|Libra||10||Legacy, public life, career, father, boss, mentor|
|Scorpio||9||Spiritual beliefs, teaching, publishing, broadcasting, short long distance travel, in-laws, step-children|
|Sagittarius||8||Transformation, the occult, death, inheritance, hidden things/ secrets, business partners|
|Capricorn||7||Romantic relationships, business negotiations, equal exchange of energy between two people, sexual relationships, maternal grandparents, nieces and nephews|
|Aquarius||6||Work, health and wellness, service to others, competitors, co-workers, employees, maternal aunts and uncles|
|Pisces||5||Entertainment, children, artistic projects, being seen (tv, stage, film)|
Overall, this is a great cycle to engage in selfcare. The moon and Cancer are related to water, so drinking a few glasses a day can help assimilate the guidance coming from the new moon. Engage with people who are nurturing, or do activities alone that support your values and interests.
Cancer is opposite of Capricorn, balance the new moon energy with yoga, walking, or other bodywork. Find a routine that requires patience, like painting, writing poetry, or gardening. The full moon will also rise in Capricorn on 3 August, so this will be preparation for handling the guidance from the universe for the overall lunar cycle.